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McDonald's Big Mac (But Better)

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We are challenging one of the most iconic burgers in the world to a showdown AND my cookbook is being announced!


Serves: 2-4


Tangzhong Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp (18g) all-purpose

  • 2 Tbsp (30ml) water

  • 1/4 cup (60ml) whole milk

Dough Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup plus 2 (150ml) tablespoons water

  • 1/2 cup (125ml) milk

  • 2 1/2 tsp instant yeast

  • 3 1/2 cups bread flour

  • 1.5 Tbsp (21g) granulated sugar

  • 2 tsp fine sea salt

  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 1 whole egg

  • Egg wash

  • Sesame Seeds, toasted

  • Melted butter

Big Mac Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (120g) mayonnaise

  • 3 Tbsp (42g) ketchup

  • 3 Tbsp (42g) yellow mustard

  • 2-3 Tbsp brunoise sweet onion

  • 1/8 tsp onion powder

  • 1 clove garlic grated

  • 1 bread and butter pickle, finely diced

  • 1 tsp white distilled vinegar

  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • 2lbs ground beef

  • sliced dill pickles

  • sliced cheddar cheese

  • sliced american cheese

  • 1 sweet onion thinly sliced

  • 1/2 head iceberg lettuce

  • small handful parsley

  • zest of 1 lemon


Dough Method:

  1. In a small saucepan, add all-purpose flour and whisk in whole milk and water. Whisk until smooth and put over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until thickens. Place to the side.

  2. In a container, combine the whole milk and water. Heat until 95F, and mix in granulated sugar and instant yeast. Let it sit until frothy.

  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add in bread flour and fine sea salt. Toss and turn the mixer on medium-low speed.

  4. Add in the frothy milk/yeast mixture, the tangzhong, egg yolk, and a whole egg. Let mix for 2-3 minutes.

  5. Once a smooth dough has formed, add in softened unsalted butter 1 tablespoon at a time. Mix until incorporated and the dough is smooth.

  6. Remove the dough onto a work surface and roll into a tight ball. Add to a large greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise at room temperature for 1 hour.

  7. Punch the dough down to degas, and place on an unfloured surface.

  8. Divide into 8 equal-sized pieces and roll into a tight ball. Place spaced evenly apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover with an inverted baking sheet.

  9. Let proof at room temperature for 30 minutes.

  10. Brush buns with egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

  11. Bake at 375F for 17 minutes or golden brown.

  12. Remove and immediately brush with melted butter.

Big Mac Sauce & Toppings Method:

  1. Combine all ingredients into a small bowl and whisk to combine.

  2. For the lettuce, cut a head of iceberg lettuce in half and thinly slice one half of the head of lettuce. Place into a bowl with an optional sprig of finely chopped Italian parsley, and the zest of a lemon. Toss together.

  3. For the onions, thinly slice a yellow onion and rinse under cold water


  1. Take two burger buns. Cut one in half and the other just a round slice that’s the same thickness.

  2. Toast buns in a pan with melted butter.

  3. Separate the ground meat into even size balls and in a lightly greased, hot pan over medium-high heat place the meatball in. Smash the meatball using a spatula and press down using the back of a spoon. Season generously with salt and pepper. Sear for 1-2 minutes per side.

  4. Add cheese slice to the bottom and middle bun, and melted using a kitchen torch or under the broiler.

  5. Add lettuce and sweet onions to the bottom bun with a generous dollop or two of the sauce, and one burger patty.

  6. Add lettuce and sweet onions to the middle bun, optionally sliced onions, more sauce, the second burger patty, more sauce, and finish with the top bun.


Patrick Sparks
Patrick Sparks
Feb 25, 2023

I got my dad the cookbook for Christmas 2021, and in March 2023 I'll get to visit my parents finally. This is the recipe we've planned to make, and I'm so excited! My dad and I both really love the channel and recipes. Thanks for sharing your gifts with the world, it's a gift that keeps on giving.


Mira Celine
Mira Celine
Mar 16, 2022

Is there any way I can make this without yeast. Or is there something i can add insted of yeast and do something different?

I really like your videos and want to make this!😊

Nguyên Nguyễn
Nguyên Nguyễn
Mar 22, 2022
Replying to

You can use beer instead of yeast


Mike Howell
Mike Howell
Jan 03, 2022

The dough would never pull away from the sides of the mixer and was very sticky. What did I do wrong?

Feb 18, 2022
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I experienced the same issue and just added more flour until visual achieving what looked like the right consistency. they turned out great so tr a little extra flour.


melike kazokoglu
melike kazokoglu
Oct 06, 2021

Waow! Just waow! I have been baking bread for 5 years now. This recipe has the best bun recipe! They turned out awesome! Thank you!! Joshua! You are life saver!


Orange Leaf
Orange Leaf
Sep 14, 2021

The pattie burger doesnt need to be salted or anything right? what matter is the sauce and bun


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